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Within Moby Dick Melville created his own microcosm in which to stage a tale of adventure and philosophy This microcosm came in the form of a whaling ship The Pequod and her crew represented the many races cultures and backgrounds present in the world Throughout the novel Melville contrasted the various ways in which different crew members interpret the world -- within the bounds of the Pequod and philosophically on a higher level to represent the entire human society Ishmael and hence Melville placed the objects on the Pequod under close scrutiny for as Ishmael said some certain significance lurks in all things But what exactly is that significance Especially in Chapter 99 The Doubloon each individual character has his own interpretation of the world The chapter illustrates the difficulty of interpreting the world and how each person will inevitably see something different - hence Pips conjugation of the verb to look for in each person there is a different result In Chapter 99 many characters came up to ponder the inner meanings of the doubloon Its original purpose was to rally forth from the crew loyalty and devotion to their monomaniacal quest During Ahabs speech in chapter 36 he states Look ye Dye see this Spanish ounce of gold It is a sixteen dollar piece men He whosoever raises me that same white whale he shall have this gold ounce my boys Melville 1981 pp 154-155 On its face were three curios that this number is rather more than prevalent throughout the novel ah but that is the topic of another paper entirely summits much like those of mountains and from each respectively was a flame a tower and a crowing rooster and over all three were zodiac symbols It is curious that Ahab is the first onboard to really examine the doubloon since it was he who nailed it to the mast in the first place By chapter 99 Ishmael has
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